October 25th, 2008
02:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin warns Obama would create nanny state if elected

Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama has a big government agenda.
Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama has a big government agenda.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNN) - Campaigning Saturday in Iowa, a state where polls show Barack Obama enjoying a healthy lead just 10 days before the election, Sarah Palin warned that putting Obama in the White House along with Democrats running both chambers of Congress will turn the country into a nanny state.

Palin cautioned Iowans that under Obama’s “big government agenda,” their income, property and investments would be “shared with everybody else.” She labeled Obama’s plan to provide tax credits to lower and middle-income wage-earners “the philosophy of government taking more, which is a misuse of the power to tax.”

“It leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you, and government and politicians and, kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you,” she said. “Now they do this in other countries where the people are not free. Government as part of the family, taking care of us, making decisions for us. I don’t know what to think of having in my family Uncle Barney Frank or others to make decisions for me.”

With audience members shouting “socialist!” throughout her speech, the Alaska governor said that time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House.

“Are we hearing what he is saying with 10 days to go?,” she asked plaintively. “Are voters hearing what he is saying about his plans for bigger government?”

At the beginning of her remarks, Palin appeared to ad-lib a riff about her much-discussed wardrobe, which has the been the subject of scrutiny since Politico reported last week that the RNC spent $150,000 on clothes for Palin and her family before the Republican National Convention in September.

“Your state is filled with good, hard-working people all loving the outdoors,” she said, “and it was nice and crisp getting off the airplane and coming into the - it reminded me a lot of Alaska, so I put my warm jacket on, and it is my own jacket. It doesn't belong to anybody else."

Palin was introduced by Col. Bud Day, who shared a cell with John McCain in Vietnam and is one of the Arizona senator’s most loyal campaign allies. Day reached back 60 years to invoke the 1948 presidential election, and said that if Harry Truman was able to come back to defeat Thomas Dewey, McCain will be able to do the same against Obama.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa • Sarah Palin
soundoff (324 Responses)
  1. Matt (Grand Rapids)

    Is it safe for our country to keep a Republican in the White House? For the most part, campaigns are a joke because candidates will say anything to get elected. I know it is coming from both sides, but McCain isn't even remotely himself anymore. He has completely lost his moderate/independent base to attract conservatives. I know Obama has said some things to make him seem less liberal, but not nearly as much as Sen. McCain.

    Shake up Washington! Vote Obama!

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Butch

    It ceases to amaze me that intelligent Americans can even consider voting republican after witnessing the lies, deceit, cruelty, and outright stupidity of the campaigns of 2000, 2004 and now 2008 to say nothing of living the last eight years under republican dominance. There are significant reasons why leading republican editorial writers, former members of the Bush administration, and famous republican families are voting for Sen. Obama this year. Hopefully, you are not getting your views only from one tv station, or one newspaper. Contrary to some complainers, the Clinton administration always whined about the mainstream media too. Become informed. Remember, sadly McCain's first 'presidential' judgment call was Sara Palin. God help us!

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. bruce snider

    A nanny state would be better than a buisness tyrants state. In the last month as a nation we were railroaded into giving the few the keys to the treasury. We will reap the worlwind for this action. As far as opec is concerned if they don't want to produce 1.5 million baralls of oil to keep the prices up, we should not want to produce 1.5 million bushels of grain to feed them. fair is fair. also we should not produce the oil rig equipment that they want. Lets see if they are smart enough to do it themselves.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Gareth

    I guess I don't understand what a socialist state does different from small and large employers. Don't they take money earned by the employees and give some of it back to the employees and keep the rest for themselves. This is really trickly up. No wonder there are so many unions. Employers seem to do what is necessary to earn the most money. They hire employees when they think they can expand their profits and lay off employees when they want to keep their profits.

    October 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. Arlene

    Hey Sarah, tell us more about the $40 Billion Alaska gas pipeline
    that might never get built and whats you connection to it?

    October 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  6. debbie

    Obviously in all those schools she attended she studied the Third Reich very closely. Her methods of outright lying and instilling hatred and fear do the Nazis great justice.

    October 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. Bowen

    Get a clue, Palin. The 'socialist' label isn't sticking. Why don't you just go back to Alaska and have a good cry.

    October 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  8. xargaw

    That horse is already out of the barn. With the bailout of the biggest banks, insurers and who know's what other corporate giants to come down the pike (perhaps the automakers or airlines) the GOP and the free marketeers can hardly blame anyone else for socialistic policies. The unregulated free market they have championed since Reagan has bankrupted America and damaged economies across the globe. Now, the free market big shots have come hat in hand to the taxpayers to save them. It leaves little doubt just who the socialists really are.

    October 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  9. oboeanon

    Hypocrite!

    October 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. barbara miller

    I swear this woman is dangerous.

    October 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  11. Nick - Arlington, VA

    And if you are elected John McCain would actually have to be your nanny....what a joke.

    October 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Franky

    "Gov. Palin said Saturday that Sen. Obama has a big government agenda."

    Well, well. It looks like the people are not getting the message Mr President. It seems to me people haven't got our message yet Mr. President...even though they hate us but the point is is time to raise Conservatism to a whole another level...I mean, we weren't doing that, right? LOL!!!

    Looks like some people just don't wanna learn...

    Don't worry Mr. President!! We'll make sure they'll get our message, LOL!!

    October 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  13. SeaShele

    “It leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you, and government and politicians and, kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you,” she said.

    ~~~~~

    You mean like the government / Supreme Court mandating our morals? Oh no, my mistake. That is the REPUBLICAN platform.

    October 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  14. joebloe

    So maybe Mrs Palin would prefer that the federal government NOT send $1.75 to the citizens of Alaska for every $1.00 they send to the federal government. If she is so against "socialism" I would be happy to not be from a state that gets about $0.80 for every $1.00 sent. Maybe we SHOULD stop subsidizing Alaska and their seccessionist-loving governor.

    But you know what, I believe America needs to come together and work as a team! How else can we get out of this gigantic mess WE are in? This country was built on the idea of community and it is time for us all to pull together as a nation to solve our woes.

    By the way, I am a real American too!!! Even if Mrs Palin doesn't think so.

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Steve California

    I think she means she is running out of time to mislead American's into voting for McSame. Let's not forget that the "do nothing congress" of the last 2 years couldn't do anything because of the constant republican filibusters! The republicans try to blame the democrats ... but it's the republicans who wouldn't allow changes that were instated the previous 6 years when the republicans controlled both chambers and the presidency. It's time for change, and the only way to get it is to remove the republican resistance that has for the last 2 years prevented any good change!

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  16. Louis in Los Angeles

    Once again,
    Caribou Barbie for Beauty Queen NOT VICE PRESIDENT!

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. mary

    Does this woman have a filter? Does she have any clue? Can't wait to send her back to Alaska.

    October 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  18. me

    And by whom she want that America to be run. By her and by the republicans? They had eight years and look where they brought United States. If they are saying that democrats are the root of the current economic situation why in that eight years didn't do something about it. Instead they acted like world police and stiffed there nose in other country's business. They pumped all the money in the military. Why can't that use that money for something good like health care or creating jobs? And the problem is that they're economic situation is affecting the rest of the world. She will bring doom on us all if McCain will be elected and in some circumstances she will become president.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Stenzo

    Maybe we need a nanny to SPANK Joe Hedgefund–or a nurse to come in and tend to our wounds. The Republicans want to leave the kids home with knives and poison and let the "marketplace" keep them safe.

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  20. maynard hopkins wi

    Can Obama be president if he is not born in the U.S.A. This is the question and it seems there are two conflicting reports on where he was born... His grandmother for Kenya claims that he was born there,

    Now his half sister who lives in Hawaii claims that he was born there.

    Where was Obama born and why does he have duel citizenship papers,, His mother gave up her citizenship to the U.S.A. when she moved back to Kenya at the age of 14. The time that Obama was born. Who is Frank Marshall Davis?

    October 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  21. Aviate

    "The Alaska governor said that time is running out for Americans to realize the danger of a having a Democrat in the White House."

    As opposed to what? A Republican? Had one of those for the last eight years–didn't work out so well in case you hadn't noticed. Last Democratic president left us with a healthy economy and budget surpluses. Can't imagine why a majority of Americans would want to go back to that?

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  22. jr california

    “It leads to government moving into the role of taking care of you, and government and politicians and, kind of moving in as the other half of your family to make decisions for you,” she said.

    governor palin, is that anything like the government moving in and and making a woman's decision about her pregnancy for her, or the government deciding who you can and can't marry?

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  23. LindaSF

    Hmm, aren't the citizens in Alaska receiving subsidies from the feds? Alaska's seen boom times the entire time she has been governor. I'd like to hear her views on the nanny state if she had come from New Orleans.

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  24. Lauren

    I live in Iowa and at least where I live, people are not fooled by Palin, they see her for what she is, unqualified. Iowa helped launch Obama in the primaries and there is a reason that he has a healthy lead here as well!

    Early voting has started in Iowa and everyone I know has already cast their vote for Obama! I know I did!

    GO OUT AND VOTE!
    Obama/Biden '08

    October 25, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  25. Brad

    Sarah Palin talks about Obama's tax problems with small businesses. She does not understand small businesses. They are not taxed on gross receipts but net, but Sarah does not understand this basic, because she is not bright. Her first legislation is for programs for people with special need children, okay, well this is good but ther are lots of programs for these people but she makes too much money for subsidies so she is going to legislate for her own self. How about legislation for all kids to be covered for medical Sarah, you two bit idiot.

    October 25, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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